alpaca sack
a carrying bag made of the soft and silky fleece of the alpaca, a South American hoofed animal related to the llama
avuncularly
in a manner similar to that of an uncle
beriberi
a deficiency disease marked by inflammation or degeneration of the nerves, digestive system, and heart that is caused by a lack of or inability to absorb thiamine
bituminous
of or relating to coal that contains bitumen, a mix of hydrocarbons, tar, or asphalt that was used in ancient times as a cement and mortar
cabalistic
of or pertaining to the occult or mystical; from “cabala” or “Kabbalah,” a practice of interpreting Scripture by mystical methods devised in the 12th and 13th centuries
cantilevered
projected from a vertical support, as in a bracket or beam that supports a balcony or cornice
cerulean
deep blue, azure; resembling the blue of the sky
cetologist
a zoologist who specializes in cetaceans (mostly marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, and porpoises)
charnel house
a building where bodies or bones are deposited (from the Latin “carnalis,” meaning “of the flesh”)
corpulent
large or bulky, fat, stout
damask
a firm, lustrous, and reversible fabric (such as linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) that has flat patterns in a satin weave
derogated
have a part taken away so as to be diminished; or to have acted beneath one’s station or character
diaphanous
nearly transparent, hazy, sheer and light
ebullient
bursting with enthusiasm
effulgent
radiant; shining out brightly
elephantiasis
a kind of leprosy, transmitted by mosquitoes, that causes enlargement and thickening of tissues, especially the legs and scrotum
epithelial
of or pertaining to any animal tissue that covers a surface or lines a cavity
ficky-fick
slang phrase that refers to fast, emotion-free sexual intercourse; probable origin is "ficken," the German version of the F-word
flagellation
the sadistic or masochistic act of deriving erotic stimulation from whipping or being whipped
formaldehyde
a colorless, toxic, and carcinogenic gas, often mixed in a solution for its disinfectant and preservative qualities
fructified
became fruitful, productive, or fertile
furgle
slang for "to masturbate"; by extension, to putter around loudly and ungracefully
Gargantuan
huge in size, mammoth (from the name of a giant, “Gargantua,” in the 16th century series of five novels, The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel, by François Rabelais)
garroting
strangling or throttling, usually with a cord or wire with handles attached to each end
grippe
acute viral infection, influenza (supposedly named after constriction of the throat experienced by sufferers)
heebie-jeebies
a condition of extreme nervousness caused by worry, fear, or strain; the jitters or the willies; a rhyming compound devised about 1905-1910 by American cartoonist W. De Beck, (1890-1942)
homiletic
of, relating to, or resembling a homily; preachy
ignominiously
in a humiliated or discredited manner; contemptibly
implacable
unappeasable, unbending, not willing to be pacified
incognito
with one’s real identity concealed
infundibuliform
having the form of a funnel or cone
Jehovean
in a manner resembling Jehovah, godlike (not in the dictionary, and therefore possibly the author’s coining)
jitterbug
a strenuous dance from the early 1940s that includes twirls, splits, and somersaults and chiefly danced to swing or boogie-woogie music
leonine
resembling or suggesting a lion
leviathan
any huge marine animal, such as a whale; by extension, anything of immense power and size
libidinous
lewd, lascivious, lustful (from the Latin word for desire, “libido”)
meningococcus
a bacterium that causes meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, which can be expressed by symptoms of high fever, severe headache, stiff neck or back muscles, and result in deafness, epilepsy, and death if untreated
moiling
whirling and churning ceaselessly
mordantly
in a sharply biting, burning, or sarcastic manner
motile
exhibiting or capable of independent movement
moue
a pouting grimace (a French word, likely taken from the sound the mouth makes when it takes the shape needed to voice the word)
myopically
in a manner that is unable or unwilling to act prudently; by extension, behaving as if lacking in tolerance, narrow-minded
necrotic
adjective that describes a portion of animal or plant tissue that has died
nosegay
a bouquet, a small bunch of flowers
occlusion
closure or blockage of a blood vessel
panacea
a remedy for all difficulties and illnesses; a cure-all
phantasmagorical
exhibiting or displaying a variety of optical effects and illusions; constantly changing and fantastic
poliomyelitis
an acute viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain stem and spinal cord and results in paralysis and muscular degeneration; often shortened to “polio”
prolix
tedious, unduly drawn out, wordy
prurient
possessing or characterized by lustful thoughts and desires
saturnine
cold and steady in mood, slow to act and change; surly, gloomy, or sardonic
sibilant
with audible “s” sounds; hissing
slattern
a slut or harlot; a slovenly and untidy young woman
somnolently
in a sleepy manner; drowsily
subcutaneously
situated or lying just under the skin
ululating
howling, lamenting